Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem Explores Expanding Into Film In Big Way – Deadline

Bitcoin mogul Charlie Shrem, one of many pioneers and evangelists of the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, is backing his first enterprise in movie, and plans to do extra.

Shrem’s first mission as an govt producer is Ask Me to Dance, a romantic comedy that stars Briana Evigan (Step Up), Mario Cantone (Sex and The City), Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), and Tom Malloy (Love N’ Dancing). It’s taking pictures now in Rochester, New York, with Malloy as the author/director of the Trick Candle Productions characteristic.

Jason Chambers (Human Weapon), Julianne Arrieta (Reagan), Courtney Warner (The Instant Messenger), Jesse Kove (Cobra Kai), Catherine Mary Stewart (Weekend at Bernies), and Kurt Angle (former WWE Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist) are additionally on board.

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Shrem found bitcoin as a school senior. He went on to discovered BitInstant, a service that offered a straightforward option to convert cash into bitcoin. It grew to supply an estimated 30 p.c of all bitcoin transactions at one level.

After some authorized points involving cash transmission, which led to a brief jail sentence, Shrem emerged and commenced to climb again. He engaged as an advisor in a lot of cryptocurrency ventures and extra not too long ago launched a podcast and web site.

“Two years in the past, I began my podcast Untold Stories, and realized that I liked media,” Shrem mentioned. “Ask Me to Dance is my first non-crypto mission. I hope to convey the identical ardour and expertise from the bitcoin area into movie.”

Shrem sees others following his path. “There’s an enormous crossover between movie, new media and finance. Plenty of those who have discovered their fortunes in crypto will search to do issues the place they will categorical their creativity and generate income on the similar time.”

A Florida resident, Shrem mentioned he plans on spending “1 / 4 of the 12 months in Los Angeles” as he ramps up his movie endeavors.

In the movie, Malloy and Evigan painting Jack and Jill, two unlucky-in-love individuals who have been trying to find their soulmates in all of the incorrect locations. When a fortune teller informs them individually that they’ll meet the love of their life earlier than New Year’s – solely 5 days away – a courting frenzy begins as each go from one comical and chaotic date to a different. As the 12 months wanes to its shut, their desperation will increase.

Shrem and Sean King are the mission’s EPs, with Ron Newcomb (Rise of the Fellowship) and Michelle Alexandria (#Screamers) as producers. XYZ Films is dealing with US gross sales, with Glass House Distribution dealing with overseas.

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